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Australia in the Great War

Aust in the Great War Exhibition AWM

'Australia in the Great War' is the Australian War Memorial (AWM)’s new permanent exhibition on display in the First World War Galleries.

New assets test limits

New assets test limits came into effect on 1 January 2017. The assets test applies to the Service Pension and Income Support Supplement as well as pensions paid under the social security laws such as the Age Pension. The changes provide a fairer pension system that is better targeted and more sustainable.

The new assets test will affect people differently.

SRCA legislation amendment

A new Bill, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment (Defence Force) Bill 2016, has been introduced into Parliament.

If passed, the legislation will replicate the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) to create a standalone Act for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members. This Act will be called the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act (DRCA).

Female Veterans and Families Forum

The first-ever Female Veterans and Families Forum was held in Canberra on 6 December 2016. Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan attended along with female veterans and representatives from veterans and family groups, who discussed ways to improve services.


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